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Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyMassive thanks to Mrs Zulkarnain, Mr Jenkin, Mrs Cooper, Mr Vine from @ValeYorkAcademy and Miss Dixon, Miss Chambers, Mrs Lancaster, Mr Lancaster and Mr Sheridan from @AHSYork ! Dofe of was a huge successs down to their support! Mr Rampling & Mr Goldsmith really appreciate it! 👌 days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyTeam 1,2 and 6 - the lads!! Raring to go and crack the day! Great teamwork lads and let’s get to stillington! #proud days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyTeam 3,4,5 heading out - the 3 girls teams! After a fairly good sleep it’s now time to put navigation to the test! Good luck girls 👍 days ago
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Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyEarly mornings are tough on Dofe! At 6.30 it’s hard to smile but by 7am it’s was beaming smiles :) great campcraft to get packed up and sorted :) days ago
Vale of York Academy @ValeYorkAcademyDay 2 Bronze Dofe! Morning campers :) students and staff were up by 6.30am to pack down and get ready to head out. Suns out again - set to be warm! Proud of the students 🥇 days ago
Vale of York Academy
Vale of York Academy
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Vale of York Academy
Vale of York Academy
Barlby High School
Manor CE Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary
Forest of Galtres Primary
Burton Green Primary



Curriculum aim

Geography is knowledge, knowledge is power, therefore, Geography is POWER!

A high-quality geography education should inspire in students, curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. We ensure we equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key processes. As students progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the framework and approaches that explain how the earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

Key Stage 3 curriculum overview

Geography is a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8 – our aim is to grab the attention and wonder of these students! During this time, students will study a range of topics at a variety of scales covering areas of the world, some of which they have never even heard of. Pupils in Year 7 begin by looking at what Geography means and developing their map-reading skills.  We do this by instilling an understanding of ‘their space’ and what is around them. Later they broaden their horizons by studying both human and physical features of extreme weather. They finish the year studying how we use and manage resources.

Year 8 starts at the coast, looking at both physical processes and human interactions. Moving forward they will study natural hazards, rivers and finish with globalisation and looking at why McDonalds is everywhere!

Why choose GCSE Geography?

Geography is one of the EBacc, option subjects at GCSE. Students will follow the AQA specification (

The AQA GCSE programme covers areas such as living with the physical environment and the challenges of the human environment. Coastal and rivers units are enhanced by fieldwork in the Peak District and Hornsea, and the urban issues and challenges unit is enhanced through fieldwork in the city of Manchester and the town of Buxton.


Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, relevant and fun. Our GCSE course is a good mix of topics such as urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. The course will give you the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions, which affect our world and understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes, which shape and change our world.

There are so many ways of learning in Geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role-play and debating techniques.

You will improve your literacy through your report writing and written work and make practical use of your numeracy skills when you interpret data and construct graphs. 


As with any Geography course, it is about using the skills we have been studying and we ensure that all year groups are taken out into the big wide world.  From looking at village layouts to understanding how the coast is constantly changing, we love getting outside!

So where do we go?

Year 7 is all about understanding how we live and gaining vital geographical skills. In the summer term we take the entire Year 7 cohort to Helmsley in the North Yorkshire Moors.  They are then given the opportunity to test out the theories they have learnt during the spring term…and may even get the chance to have a quick ice cream!

Year 8 is all about the processes and to see these in action we venture to the East Yorkshire coastline to experience the fastest eroding coastline in Europe.

Year 10 is preparing for paper 3 and as such we start using some serious geographical theories. We go to the beautiful Peak District where we visit Buxton to understand the tourism opportunities, or for those students who do not wish to attend the overnight fieldwork they are taken on a trip to Manchester.


Extended fieldwork trips

Every two years the Geography department likes to organise a BIG, once-in-a-lifetime trip.  Last year we took a group of students to Sicily to look at the volcanoes and their way of life.  The trip was amazing with five-star reviews from everyone who attended.  But where to next? Iceland? Atlas Mountains? China? You decide!

Career destinations

Geography is great for any kind of career that involves the environment, planning or collecting and interpreting data. Popular careers for people with Geography qualifications include: town or transport planning, surveying, conservation, sustainability, waste and water management, environmental planning, tourism and weather forecasting. By taking Geography to A-Level and degree level you will be very employable.

“Geography prepares for the world of work – geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable!”

Michael Palin

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